Upgrading Windows NT 4.0 Terminal Server to 2000

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Hello all, we are about to do an emergency upgrade of our Metaframe server.  I was wondering, what is the easier way for me to transfer all of the profiles in the C:\wtsrv\profiles directy, and actually have it load that profile when the user logs onto the newly built Windows 2000 server?  Is this even possible?

I want to prevent having to work with each user in getting their mail settings, address book, and email back after the upgrade.  I would like to make it as seemless as possible to the user.

Any help is appreciated!
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USe the Scopy command in the resource kit.

It should copy th files and permissions over.

Their may be other migration tools their also.
Are you using AD ?

What is the previous server ?

see ADMT

I hope this helps !

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No, the server is going to be wipped clean, Windows 2000 Server installed, and then the  profiles and data will be restored.  The domain is currently a NT 4 domain.

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Well, so long as the users are domain users (as opposed to local), and the domain controller isn't the terminal server, then you should be able to take a regular backup of the profiles directory with an intelligent backup agent and then restore it to the appropriate directory in Win2k after setting it up in app server mode and installing Metaframe again. If you don't have decent backup software, then you are going to have to use a combination of reskit tools to move the data, which isn't really fun.

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Will CA Brightstor with the Push Agent do?
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Other issues you may need to consider.

If the profile directories all have permission settings, you may lose them on the restore, since they are being resotred to a different server ( SID ).

I would try to test this beforehand, by trying to restore a prfile to a different server and see if permissions are maintained.

If not, use scopy and the other tools I suggested.

Test this all in advance !

I hope this helps !

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Yes, I think I will try scopy first to another server.. remove the test profile.. use scopy to put it back on an existing 2000 server and see if that works... thanks, that has answered my question...   I should have thought of that :)

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